2022 Anatomically Speaking
Updated: Mar 11
Anatomically Speaking- The Carnival of Life by Denise ((bonaimo)) Sarram
What do idioms, old-timey carnivals and human anatomy have in common?
Come one, come all. Step right up to witness this unconventional collection of assemblage art which depicts one artist’s perspective adulting her way through the chaos of life.
Peppered with titles using figurative language about human anatomy (i.e.: “In the Blink of an Eye”) and social commentary, these art works are presented within the context of vintage traveling circus acts, carnivals and sideshows.
After all, being a woman, mother, spouse and human is a performance not always executed with “the greatest of ease”.
Creating this collection of art has helped me cope with the various things I need to manage on a daily basis. Life is good and I know this, but occasionally it all feels like too much and I wish someone would put me in a "time out".
About the Artist...
The artist was born into a travelling circus. Her parents were the Strong Man and the Bearded Lady. It was a warm and nurturing environment, and the entire sideshow troupe was one big family.
Denise was performing at the young age of 7 years old. By the time she was 15 she was in eight shows a week. Audiences around the country marveled to see her high above the big top tent, riding a unicycle with the greatest of ease. Now, if you believe that story- I've got a bridge to sell ya!